Island Getaway Less than a Tank of Gas Away!

Island Getaway Less than a Tank of Gas Away!

Every summer, we try to make the most of the warm weather and sunny skies.  In the past, I've compiled a list of free and low cost ideas for families around Erie, PA -- but now that the kids are getting a little older, we thought we'd explore some day trip options. I heard about Put-in-Bay, Ohio and was surprised to find out this lovely little island was less than three hours away.  So, on Memorial Day this year, we packed up the kids, loaded up the Spotify playlists and away we … [Read more...]

10 Wild Water Games to Play with Kids

10 Wild Water Games to Play with Kids

Every year, we try to shake things up at church during the summer months.  We make each week a different theme and one of the top favorites is, of course, beach night.  Kids plan to get wet and we don't like to disappoint! If you're looking for some great water games for kids, keep reading for some fun games we're thinking about trying this year! #1: Water Balloon Baseball Just like the real game, but instead of pitching softballs or whiffle balls, big ol' orbs of water are lobbed at the … [Read more...]

Preschool Story Time Round-Up

Preschool Story Time Round-Up

For the past few years, we've been spending Monday mornings at a local park, reading stories and doing simple crafts with kids.  This year, we're trying something a little different.  We'll be focusing on art projects and structuring the program as more of an open house so parents can come and go as their schedule allows.  I'll be posting soon about our art projects of choice, but I thought I'd salute the past by doing a round-up of last year's books and projects in case you're looking for some … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Craft: Mom, You Rock!

Mother’s Day Craft: Mom, You Rock!

Here's a fun craft that our preschool and kindergarten class did last year for a Mother's Day project. You'll need to start the project a few weeks before Mother's Day in order to let the paint dry.  The embellishments are best added with tacky glue or a hot glue gun. Enjoy! … [Read more...]

Great Easter Videos to Use in Your Children’s Ministry

Great Easter Videos to Use in Your Children’s Ministry

If you're looking for something to add to your large group presentation, these videos might be just the ticket.  Check them out! K5 Easter 2016 Large Group from Crossroads Kids' Club on Vimeo. LOVE, the Easter story (for kids) from Brenton Smith on Vimeo. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ4gQniUVO8 God's Story: Easter (one of my favorites) httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzzr9ogygwA An Easter Story: Told by kids. Very creative and fun! … [Read more...]

Exciting Summer Project: The Esther Movie

Exciting Summer Project: The Esther Movie

This last Christmas, we opted to not do a Christmas play.  We were hoping to do some kind of walk through Christmas experience instead, but as the time drew nearer and holiday hectic-ness commenced, I began feeling more and more like we were just doing something to "do something" and it would probably bring more stress than joy to everyone involved. So we called the whole thing off. And you know what?  No one was the least bit upset.  Which kind of made me wonder why we do a Christmas … [Read more...]